Peta Jones Pellach
Teacher and activist in Jerusalem

In My Dreams

To President Rivlin (and Knesset members),

Dear President Rivlin,

You have been a model of integrity and since taking office have demonstrated all the qualities of leadership that this country needs. I feel so sorry for you in your current position – law-bound to nominate someone to form a government once again, knowing in advance that their chances of doing so are slight indeed.

Of course, the electoral system we have did not anticipate this deadlock, even though the results have been close in the past. In the long-term, we need radical change, possibly local representation, which may weaken the hold of party loyalties.

For the short term, we need a temporary solution so that we do not have to go to elections for a fourth time, still without a government. Lots of people have suggested the need for a National Unity Government but no-one has described how this can be achieved.

Perhaps I can help with a creative suggestion.

When I made Aliyah, I completed the course “Morim Olim”, which converts teaching accreditation received overseas into Israeli accreditation. One of the compulsory courses was “Ezrachut” (Civics) and I believe that what I am about to suggest does not contradict the spirit of the law. However, it is a completely new process for an unanticipated situation. It would require agreement of the Knesset, and they would have to pass legislation, which is why I am addressing this letter not just to you but to all those elected to the 23rd Knesset.

Here we go:

Knesset Law #.. “Creation of a National Unity Government, 2020”

The Knesset will appoint 16 ministers who will form the National Unity Government. Their term is twelve months, with the option of extension for another three years by unanimous agreement.

Each party or bloc elected selects the Ministers who will represent them. They will be appointed proportionally:

Likkud – five ministers; Kachol-Lavan – four; the Joint List – two; each of the other five parties elected – one minister. More ministers can be appointed later, once the Prime Minister is elected, if necessary.

Each party with more than one minister is required to nominate 50% women, in accordance with UN resolution 1325.

The National Unity Government will nominate the Prime Minister on the basis of a simple majority vote for which every Minister is a candidate.

The Government will then ask you, President Rivlin, to officially appoint the Prime Minister.

Ministers pledge allegiance to the National Unity Government and the Prime Minister.

I hope that this suggestion is useful.

Oh dear, I am waking up from my dreams.

About the Author
A fifth generation Australian, Peta made Aliyah in 2010. She is Senior Fellow of the Kiverstein Institute, Director of Educational Activities for the Elijah Interfaith Institute, secretary of the Jerusalem Rainbow Group for Jewish-Christian Encounter and Dialogue, a co-founder of Praying Together in Jerusalem and a teacher of Torah and Jewish History. She has visited places as exotic as Indonesia and Iceland to participate in and teach inter-religious dialogue. She also broadcasts weekly on SBS radio (Australia) with the latest news from Israel. Her other passions are Scrabble and Israeli folk-dancing.
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